I’m Glad I Live In A Red State

Too bad we have the festering sore that’s Atlanta. Fortunately, we have a good governor. He was castigated by the mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, for reopening the state too soon. Fine. let her continue dragging Atlanta down. The rest of the state will do just fine. Of course, Keisha will be there with her hand out looking for assistance from the state when this shit is over.

Erick Erickson, a reformed Never Trumper, had a good article about this.

On April 20, 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp became one of the first governors in America to announce plans to reopen his state. He had been one of the last to impose a shelter-in-place order. Critics had blasted him for waiting so long. He did not impose shelter-in-place until the beginning of April.

On April 20, 2020, Kemp announced he would begin letting certain small businesses that were mostly sole proprietors with direct, personal relationships with customers reopen on April 25, 2020. Those included barber shops, nail salons, tattoo parlors, and, curiously, bowling alleys. What the media ignored was that Kemp put such stringent criteria in place for reopening that most of those businesses still could not open.

Of course they ignored that. It didn’t fit the narrative.

Bowling alleys, for example, typically met the technical criteria for a business that could reopen, but practically could not reopen because of the stringent health and safety protocols the governor put in place. Kemp also refused to end the shelter-in-place order early, necessitating that businesses could begin reopening, but customers could not actually get out and about. Again, the media failed to note that.

On May 1, 2020, the shelter-in-place order expired for most people. Restaurants and barbershops reopened, but under new protocols with to-go orders, face masks for barbers, etc. In a revision to his order this week, Kemp required that bars, night clubs, and live music venues must remain closed until June along with overnight summer camps.

Between April 20 and May 1, a recurring trending “hashtag” on Twitter was “KempHasBloodOnHisHands.” Democrat politicians and others assailed Kemp, claiming people were going to die because of him. We are more than three weeks from this tweet:

Ron Fournier
@ron_fournier
Mark this day. Because two and three weeks from now, the Georgia death toll is blood on his hands.

And as Georgians move around the country, they’ll spread more death and economic destruction
Niles Edward Francis @NilesGApol

#BREAKING: Georgia @GovKemp announces that the following businesses can reopen this Friday…

Gyms
Fitness centers
Bowling Alleys
Body Arch Studios
Barber shops
Cosmetologists
Hair designers
Nail salons
Massage therapists
April 20th 2020

Blood on his hands! People are gonna die! Let me know when we reach the death toll of New York. Or New Jersey. Or Michigan. Or Illinois. Or Taxachusetts. Or Mexifornia. All blue states. We’re doing pretty well here in Georgia and Kemp doesn’t have anywhere near the “blood on his hands” as Liberal icon Andrew Cuomo.

Ron Fournier, formerly of the Associated Press, was not alone in that sentiment. Stacey Abrams took to MSNBC to blast Brian Kemp. President Trump criticized him for reopening saying he “strongly disagreed” with Kemp. The Atlantic ran a hysterically themed article that Georgia was experimenting in human sacrifice. The subtitle of the piece was, “The state is about to find out how many people need to lose their lives to shore up the economy.”

We are now not just into the fourth week since Brian Kemp said the state could reopen and fourteen days past the shelter-in-place order expired, we are now past the last major revision of the IHME model, which happened yesterday.

The IHME model is the most widely cited and relied upon model for COVID-19. The White House and Georgia’s Governor rely on it. On May 12, the IHME model predicted Georgia would still have hundreds of daily new cases into August and would have 1,783 daily new cases on June 12, 2020.

Yesterday, the model updated and the update was significant. Georgia is now expected to have no cases of the virus by August and only 367 new daily cases on June 12.

Yep! The blood is flowing here in Georgia.

Where does Brian Kemp go to get his apology?

He ain’t gonna get it from the Fake News Media. He ain’t gonna get it from Abrams Tank. We sure dodged a bullet there. I shudder to think what would have happened if she was governor of Georgia and was running things.

I’m glad I live in a red state.